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031 - AXA AND DON BOSCO CHAMPION THE CAUSE OF GENDER EQUALITY & WOMEN EMPOWERMENT

posted Nov 11, 2016, 10:45 PM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Nov 11, 2016, 10:50 PM ]
2500 women and children to benefit from this initiative

Pune, 11-Nov-2016:
The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), in partnership with AXA Business Services Private Limited (AXA BS) launched the women empowerment project in the slums of Pimpri - Chinchwad. This year the project will directly benefit 2500 women and children.

Dheeraj Khurana, Senior Vice-President of AXA BS and Fr. Godfrey D’Souza, Provincial of Don Bosco inaugurated the project. The key objective of the project is to promote gender equality and empowerment of women through income generation, skill development, health education, free health camps and free educational support classes for the children from marginalized families. This year the project will form 10 Self-help groups and cater to improving education and health levels of 250 children from the slums.

There were good numbers of beneficiaries present for the official launch of the program, along with the children from the slums and their teachers, AXA staff and the project staff. It began at 11.00 am in Don Bosco, Chinchwad with the traditional prayer service and the welcome song.

Affirming AXA’s commitment, Dheeraj Khurana said
, “Underprivileged communities typically face issues of unemployment, alcoholism, drug usage. Women and girl children are the victims of such conditions and are deprived of education, dignity and economic independence. At AXA, our mission is to empower people to lead better lives and this is also a guiding principle for our corporate responsibility initiatives. We are very happy to support this initiative (by DBDS) and believe this will bring about sustainable change in the lives of women in the Pimpri - Chinchwad slums.”

Thanking AXA for its support, Fr. Godfrey D’Souza said
“We are glad to collaborate with AXA on such a wonderful initiative for the poor and marginalized from the slums” He further added that this project will bring about gender equality and also empower the women and girls.

The program ended with an interactive activity between the beneficiaries present and the AXA staff. All went back after having sumptuous refreshements.